Telling Pictures records

Special Collections
Margaret Herrick Library © 2013

Descriptive Summary

Title: Telling Pictures records
Date (inclusive): circa 1972-1995
Collection number: 1060
Creator: Telling Pictures, Inc.
Extent: 25 linear feet of papers.
Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Languages: English

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Preferred Citation

Telling Pictures records, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Acquisition Information

Gift of James Chan, 2005


Telling Pictures is a San Francisco-based film production company. The company, founded by Robert Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, produces non-fiction feature films and documentaries for television and corporate clients. Films include THE CELLULOID CLOSET (1996), COMMON THREADS: STORIES FROM THE QUILT (1989), and THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK (1984). Epstein received Academy Awards in the documentary feature category for producing THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK and COMMON THREADS.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Telling Pictures records span the years circa 1972-1995 and encompass 25 linear feet. The collection includes materials related to the production of several documentary films, including THE CELLULOID CLOSET.


Arranged in the following series: 1. Production files

Indexing Terms

Telling Pictures, Inc.
film documentations